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Managing Authority - 2007-2013

Managing Authority of European Territorial Cooperation Programmes

The Managing Authority of European Territorial Cooperation Programmes, located in Thessaloniki, represents Greece in European Territorial Cooperation Programmes.

During the Programming Period 2007-2013, European Territorial Cooperation Programmes replaced the Community Initiative Programmes “INTERREG”. Their goal is to promote the cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation throughout the European Union. They were designed in order to enhance the social and economic cohesion, promoting at the same time balanced development and competitiveness. Special attention has been paid to the inclusion of remote areas as well as of the areas bordering candidate and potential candidate countries.

European Territorial Cooperation Programmes are co-funded by the European Union and by national funds of the countries partcipating in them.

Greece takes part in fourteen (14) European Territorial Cooperation Programmes and networks in total. The Managing Authority of European Territorial Cooperation Programmes is responsible for the managing of five (5) of these, whilst it is the National Coordinator for the rest, except for the networks ESPON and URBACT, which are coordinates at the national level by the Special Service for Strategy, Planning and Evaluation of Development Programmes at the Ministry of Development, Competitiveness and Shipping.

In particular:

Cross-border Programmes
Greece participates in five (5) bilateral cross-border cooperation Programmes, with a total budget of 320,000,000 €. They are managed by the Managing Authority of European Territorial Cooperation Programmes, as during the previous Programming period. Namely:

  1. European Territorial Cooperation Programme “Greece-Bulgaria 2007-2013”, co-funded by the European Regional development Fund (ERDF). The eligible area of the Programme consists of Region of Eastern Macedonia-Thrace (Prefectures of Evros, Kavala, Xanthi, Rodopi and Drama) and Region of Central Macedonia (Prefectures of Thessaloniki and Serres) in Greece and the South-West Planning Region and South-Central Planning Region (Districts of Blagoevgrad, Smolyan, Kardjali and Haskovo) in Bulgaria. The Prefectures of Kavala has been included as adjacent area.
  2. European Territorial Cooperation Programme “Greece-Italy 2007-2013”, co-funded by the European Regional development Fund (ERDF). The eligible area of the Programme consists of Region of Western Greece (Prefectures of Aitoloakarnania and Achaia), Region of Ionian Islands (Prefectures of Corfu, Lefkada, Cephalonia and Zakynthos) and Region of Epirus (Prefectures of Ioannina, Preveza and Thesportia) in Greece and the Region of Apulia (Provinces of Bari, Brindisi and Lecce) in Italy. The Prefectures of Ilia and Arta in Greece and the Provinces of Taranto and Foggia in Italy have been included as adjacent territories.
  3. Cross-border Cooperation Programme “Greece-Cyprus 2007-2013”, co-funded by the European Regional development Fund (ERDF). The eligible area of the Programme consists of Region of Crete (Prefectures of Heraklion, Rethymno, Lasithi, and Chania), Region of North Aegean (Prefectures of Lesvos, Samos and Chios) and Region of South Aegean (Prefecture of Dodecanese) in Greece and the whole territory of Cyprus.
  4. IPA Cross-border Cooperation Programme “Greece-Albania 2007-2013”, co-funded by the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA). The eligible area of the Programme consists of the Region of Epirus (Prefectures of Ioannina and Thesprotia), the Region of Western Macedonia (Prefectures of Florina, Kastoria and Grevena) and the Region of Ionian Islands (Prefecture of Kerkira) in Greece and the Districts of Gjirokaster, Korçë and Vlorë in Albania. The Prefecture of Grevena has been included as adjacent area.
  5. IPA Cross-border Cooperation Programme “Greece-The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 2007-2013”, co-funded by the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA). The eligible area of the Programme consists of the Region of Western Macedonia (Prefecture of Florina) and the Region of Central Macedonia (Prefectures of Pella, Kilkis, Serres and Thessaloniki) in Greece and the Planning Regions of Pelagonia, Vardar, Southeast and Southwest in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The Prefecture of Thessaloniki in Greece and the Southwest Planning Region in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have been included as adjacent areas.

Moreover, the Managing Authority of European Territorial Cooperation Programmes represents Greece in three (3) multilateral cross-border Programmes:

  1. Adriatic ΙPA Cross-Border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013, co-funded by the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA). The eligible area consists of the Prefectures of Corfu and Thesprotia in Greece, as well as of regions in Italy, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Serbia and Slovenia.
  2. Mediterranean Sa Basin (MED - ENPI), the eligible area of which consists of the countries around Mediterranean Sea. The Programme is co-funded by the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI).
  3. Black Sea Basin, co-funded by the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI). The eligible area consists of the Regions of Central Macedonia and Eastern Macedonia-Thrace in Greece, as well as of regions in Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova.   

Β. Transnational Programmes
The Managing Authority of European Territorial Cooperation Programmes represents Greece in two (2) transnational Programmes. In particular:

  1. Mediterranean Space (MED). Greece, Spain, Italy, France, Portugal, United Kingdom-Gibraltar, Malta, Cyprus, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro participate in the Programme. The Programme is co-funded by ERDF, but participating bodies from the candidate and potential candidate countries are co-funded by IPA. The Programme’s Liaison Office for the support of candidate and potential candidate countries is hosted in Thessaloniki.  
  2. South-East Europe (SEE). Eight (8) EU member-stated (Italy, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece), as well as Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia, Moldova and Ukraine participate din the Programme. The Programme is co-funded by ERDF, but participating bodies from the candidate and potential candidate countries are co-funded by IPA and from neighboring countries by ENPI.

Interregional Programme
The Managing Authority of European Territorial Cooperation Programmes represents Greece in the only interregional cooperation Programme of the Programming Period 2007-2013, INTERREG IV C, co-funded by ERDF.  All EU member-states, as well as Norway and Switzerland, participate in the Programme.

Network
The Managing Authority of European Territorial Cooperation Programmes represents Greece in the networking Programme INTERACT, co-funded by ERDF. The Programme’s goal is the best possible implementation of European Territorial Cooperation Programmes across Europe.

Therefore, it is obvious that the Managing Authority of European Territorial Cooperation Programmes is that part of the Ministry of Development, Competitiveness, Infrastracture, Transport and Networks that pays attention to the wider Hellenic neighborhood, Southeastern Europe and the Mediterranean Sea, as well as the whole of Europe, in order to build and strengthen bilateral cross-border and transnational ties and focus on a balance development on European level.

ΕΥΔ 2007 - 2013